Peaceful Horses

I am not what one might refer to as a “horse person” but I do enjoy making photographs of them when I find them, and can get near enough to make the images interesting. There is a large horse farm near Winston-Salem, NC which I often pass by and from time to time I’ll stop while driving past to see if there are any nice photo opportunities. I especially like the first image because it represents to me a peaceful setting with the grazing horses — a scene which one might use as the basis for a painting. I wanted to add a couple of close-ups as well so as to better tell my photo story.

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Grazing in the Grass

I am not a true “horse person”…in fact I was only on top of one once or twice when I was as kid…just to have my picture made…wearing a cowboy hat looking (well) rather nervous. But, today since I have become interested in making photographs myself, I always look for animals whenever I can find them. I did spot these two beautiful horses last week on a farm and I was able to get up close…behind a fence of course. I felt sorry for them both because as they were grazing in the grass together, they were being pestered by numerous biting flies. To keep them away as best as possible, they flicked their tails a lot, and shook their heads. I was glad to be able to capture one tail swish here. I suppose were I to get proper instruction, I would not mind learning to ride a horse.

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